IKOYI DAY NURSERY SCHOOL
Ikoyi Day Nursery is the cradle of all Corona Schools and the history of the school is the history of Corona School on the whole.
In 1954 a proposal was laid by Mrs Anne MacDonald, who was at the time Headmistress of a Lagos school and committee member of The Corona Women’s Society, that the society should open a very small school for children of all races between the ages of 3 and 5 years.
In March 1955, the first Corona School, Ikoyi Day Nursery was opened at the Society’s Headquarters at 35, First Avenue, Ikoyi with five pupils. The school was initially financed by the cash donation of £50 from Chief Mandilas and gifts of furniture and fittings from well-wishers. The five pupils quickly grew to twenty. Word spread through the parental grape vine and appeals were made to the committee to open a school at Ebute-Metta and from there other Corona Schools sprang up.
Today this first Corona School is still at its first location 60 years after and is ably managed by the 16th Head of School, Mrs. Esther Abakasanga and her immediate subordinate, Mrs. Ijeoma Nnaji as the Nursery Head.
In 1956, the Masonic Order loaned its lodge at Ebute-Metta, Lagos, to the Corona Women’s Society and the second Corona school was opened with twenty-eight children. By the end of that academic year, the population had increased to forty. The Corona Women Society later took over the Children’s Military School in the Military Hospital compound in Yaba. The compound occupied by the school at Yaba was eventually taken over by the Nigerian military in 1968 and the school moved again to a temporary location known as ‘White House’ at 386 Herbert Macaulay Street, Yaba. The school finally relocated to its permanent site in Gbagada popularly referred to as the “The Valley of Joy and Peace” in October 1974. Hence this Corona School, once described as a school in transit, has been known as Corona School Ebute-Metta, Corona School Yaba (in two locations) and finally known as Corona School Gbagada. It is strategically located at the edge of Obanikoro, Anthony Village and Gbagada Phase One areas of Lagos.
The school has both nursery and primary sections and is currently run by Mrs. Henrietta Eguagie as the 9th Head of School, Mrs. Nnenna Nwagboso as the Deputy Head and Mrs. Oluseyi Oguntoye as the Sectional Head.
Corona School, Apapa started in 1958 with sixty children in a building loaned by Messrs. Elder Dempster to the Corona Women’s Society. By the end of the session, the population had increased to seventy-four. Mrs. Niven was the pioneer Headmistress of the primary school and Mrs. De Borst was the Headmistress of the crèche which was started some months earlier. The crèche later became known as Corona Day Nursery Apapa and eventually merged with the primary school in 2004. The school welcomed children of all races.
Today, even though the school is faced with the challenges of the changed demography of Apapa area from residential to almost completely commercial as well as the perennial gridlock traffic situation, Apapa School continues to be a vibrant school. It is now led by Mrs. Lawrencia Izedonmwen as the 19th Head of School. She is supported by Mrs. Titilayo Adegbie, Sectional Head and Mrs. Justina Olayemi as the Nursery Head.
Corona School Ikoyi was established in its present location at No. 6, Mekwunwen Road, Ikoyi in 1960 with Mrs. Boyes as the first Headmistress. It is the third Corona School to be opened with the same drive to deliver quality education to children of all races aged 5 to 11 years old. Being situated in Ikoyi just like Corona Day Nursery Ikoyi, it serves as a continuing school for children from the Day Nursery and as such it is the only Corona School (minus the secondary school) that does not have a nursery school section in its compound. Another unique feature of Corona School Ikoyi is that it has the largest capacity and population of all Corona Schools including the secondary school and was run for 28 years (1970-1998) by one of the longest serving Corona staff, Mrs. Jean Abili (1960-1998).
The school is presently headed by Mrs. Adenike Onafeso as the 9th Head of School since 1960, Ms. Kehinde Alege as the Deputy Head and Mr. Abiodun Oseni, the Sectional Head.
VICTORIA ISLAND SCHOOL
Corona Schools’ Trust Council opened its fourth school, in 1967 on Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Victoria Island Lagos. Mrs. G. Griffin who was transferred from Corona School Yaba, became the first headmistress of the new school known as Corona School Victoria Island. Being at the heart of cosmopolitan Lagos harbouring various establishments, multinationals and residential houses, Corona School Victoria Island has always attracted parents from the professional and business community. This school was run for 23 years by Mrs. Laide Sasegbon (1979-2002). She was succeeded by Mrs. Lara Segun, a former head of two Corona Schools, who went on to become the Educational Administrator of Corona Schools Trust Council and now a board member of Corona Schools Trust on her retirement. To date, Mrs. Segun is the first and only Corona staff to have made these transitions.
The baton of headship now rests with Mrs. Funmilola Olorunnisola as the 8th Head of School. Mrs. Ruth Ken-Ossai is the Deputy Head, Mrs. Chinyere Anyanwu is the Sectional Head while Mrs. Olaitan Shogaolu is the Nursery Head.
Situated in the serene of Abijo, Ibeju-Lekki School is the youngest of the Corona Schools. The school was established in September 2008 at a temporary site at Agungi, Lekki. In 2009 a second temporary location operating concurrently with the Agungi campus was opened at Idado, Lekki to serve the rapidly expanding population. Corona School, Lekki later moved to her permanent site in Abijo, Ibeju-Lekki in September, 2013. The pioneer Head of School was Mrs. Adeyoyin Adesina who moved from Corona School Victoria Island, where she was the Head of School. More than 50% of the pioneer staff were pooled from other Corona Schools in order to maintain the Corona culture and tradition in the new school. Today, the school’s management is led by Mrs. Adetokunbo Matilukuro as the 2nd Head of School. She is ably supported by Mrs. Grace Omo-Egbekuse, Deputy Head, Mrs. Temitope Paul-Iroye, sectional Head and Mrs. Edith Omosun as the Nursery Head.
CORONA SECONDARY SCHOOL, AGBARA
Situated in the serene and beautiful residential area of Agbara Industrial Housing Estate in Agbara, Ogun State, Corona Secondary School was established in January 1992 with Captain Akinrinmade as the first Principal of the school. Initially, it shared the same compound with the then Corona School Agbara which was a nursery and primary school. This was until 1999 when Corona School Agbara was closed as a result of dwindling enrollment due to the aging population in Agbara Estate. To date Corona, secondary School is the only secondary school owned by the Corona Schools’ Trust council and the only school outside Lagos State. The school graduated the first batch of its alumni in 1997 and since then has been producing a cadre of intellectually capable and lifelong learners with some outstanding performances at both the local (NECO), regional (WAEC) and international (IGCSE) examinations. In fact, it is on record that the school had produced the best result worldwide in various subjects at different times.
The management of the school comprise of Mrs. Chinedum Oluwadamilola as the 13th School Head/Principal, Mr. Femi Akinlade, Vice Principal Academics and Mr. Paul Nnamdi C. Obah as the Vice Principal Pastoral.
CORONA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Corona College of Education started as Corona Teachers College, which was established and known as Corona Teachers’ Training School (CTTS) in 2007 to provide high quality continuous professional development for teachers in Corona Schools and all over Nigeria. This is in pursuant of the mission of the Council to provide world-class education to children through equipping teachers adequately to do so.
The flagship programmes of the College are the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) of the University of Nottingham and the graduate teacher development programme known as i-Teach, the first of its kind in Nigeria. Corona i-Teach is a programme aimed at attracting, empowering and equipping young graduates for 21st century classroom practice, irrespective of their initial academic discipline.
With the establishment of and subsequent approval received from the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), the Trust Council through Corona College of Education, now offers initial tertiary education, proving a platform for teacher qualification. The three (3) year teacher foundation programme aims to rejuvenate the decaying public education sector in Nigeria by broadening and deepening the knowledge and skill base of teachers of the critical early years and primary level. The provisional approval is for Early Childhood Care Education and Primary Education and General Education Studies, which has always been our primary focus in Corona, as we believe that foundation is the bedrock of development in any progressive sector of the economy.
The Provost of the Corona College of Education is Dr. Martin Obinyan (PhD), Burasr is Mr Adewale Soremi and Mrs. Joan Omole as Registrar.
1955: In March, the Corona Women’s Society establishes the Ikoyi Day Nursery as its head office located at First Avenue, Ikoyi. Mrs. McDonald is the first Headmistress.
1956: Corona Ebute-Metta is opened at the Masonic lodge in Ebute-Metta.
1958: The Apapa School is established with Mrs. Niven as the Headmistress.
1960: The Ikoyi School opens to its first pupils in February. Chief (Mrs.) Nora Majekodunmi becomes the Executive Chairman of the Corona Schools’ Trust Council (CSTC), a position she would hold for
1966: Many children and expatriate staff leave as a result of the Nigerian civil war.
1967: A fourth primary school – the Victoria Island School Opens. The first Headmistress Mrs. Griffin is transferred from the Yaba School.
1968: The Nigeria military take over the Yaba School buildings and the school moves to a temporary site at Herbert Macaulay Road in Yaba.
1972: Erhabor Emokpae designs the Corona logo.
1974: The Yaba School moves to its permanent site in Gbagada.
1979: The schools are threatened with a possible government take-over of private schools, but these plans are abandoned.
1980: Celebration of the Silver Jubilee (25 years of Corona excellence!)
1988: Agbara School is established with Mrs. Antoinette Olayemi (now Dr. Ms. Antoinette Omo-Osagie) as the first Headmistress.
1990: Chief (Mrs) Nora Majekodunmi retires after 30 years in office. Ambassador A. Alakija is appointed Chairman in a non- executive capacity. Mrs. Williams is appointed Executive Secretary to run the day- to-day affairs of the CSTC.
1992: Corona Secondary School, Agbara is established. The first principal is Captain Akinrinmade.
1995: Ambassador Alakija retires and Chief (Mrs) Leila Fowler becomes Chairman of CSTC. Ms. Carmen Latty the first Executive Director of the CSTC is appointed. Parents take the Corona Schools’ Trust Council to court protesting increases in school fees.
1996: The Court of Appeal delivers judgement in favour of the CSTC in respect of the case challenging school fees increase.
1997: Chief (Mrs) Nora Majekodunmi passes away.
1998: Mrs Jean Abili, retires after 28 years as a headmistress of Corona School Ikoyi (1970-1998) and 38 Years as a Corona Staff (1960-1998).
1999: Agbara School is closed because of a dwindling population of pupils. Mrs. Adesola Olajuyigbe as the second and last headmistress of the school.
2001: Mrs. Leila Fowler retires as Chairman and is replaced by Professor Muriel Oyediran.
2002: A new Executive Director (who is also an alumna) Folasade Adefisayo is appointed. Corona’s Constitution is reviewed and Mrs. Laide Sasegbon retires after 23 years as Headmistress of Corona School Victoria Island (1979-2002).
2003: The PTA is inaugurated and parent representatives are invited to the Trust Council. The Corona Schools’ Trust Council (CSTC) relocates to 72, Raymond Njoku Street, Ikoyi.
2004: A new curriculum – a bold step forward for Corona – is developed and implemented.
2005: Celebration of the Golden Jubilee (50 years of Corona excellence!). Merger of Apapa Day Nursery and Apapa Primary Schools. The Corona School Endowment fund is launched.
2006: Corona Secondary School Agbara becomes Africa’s first mobile e-learning school.
2007: Corona Teachers Training School (CTTS) opens. Begins to run the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) of the University of Nottingham among other programmes.
2008: Corona School Lekki opens at a temporary site in Agungi, Lekki.
2009: Corona School opens a second temporary campus at Idado, Lekki.
2010: iTeach, the flagship graduate teacher trainee programme is officially launched.
2010: Prof. Mrs. Muriel Oyediran retires as Chairman, Corona Schools Trust Council after 8 years and Mr Adedotun Sulaiman becomes the Chairman of CSTC.
2011: The first cohort of iTeach trainees begin training.
2012: The primary schools flag off an enrichment programme of the curriculum with the introduction of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
2013: Corona School Lekki moves to its permanent site in Lekki. Corona Secondary School, Agbara is named one of the top three finalists worldwide in the 21st Century School of the Year competition sponsored by Pearson Group and awarded in Hong Kong.
2013: Corona Schools’ Trust Council becomes a member of Council of British International Schools (COBIS). Corona Schools begin the three years accreditation process of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
2013: Corona Teachers Training School (CTTS) becomes Corona Teachers College (CTC).
2014: Corona College of Education is accredited by the National Commission of Colleges of Education as a National Certificate of Education (NCE) awarding higher institution.
2014: Major nomenclature changes take place – The Corona Schools Trust Council changes its name to Corona Schools’ Trust. The name change is being formalized. Executive Director becomes known as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO); the Educational Administrator becomes the Director of Education and the Finance Controller changes to the Director of Finance and Administration.
2015: Corona Schools celebrate 60 years anniversary with the theme – Recount, Rejoice, Refresh.
2017: Mrs Olufunto Igun retires as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Mrs Adeyoyin Adesina takes over. Mrs Amelia Dafeta is appointed as the new Director of Education (D.E) following the retirement of Mrs Maureen Ihonor.
2017: Corona Secondary School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
2017: Corona Teachers’ College (CTC) becomes Corona College of Education (CCED)